IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL PARTIES MEET IN VIENNA AMID U.S. PRESSURE


02/09/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- The signatories to the faltering Iran nuclear deal are meeting in Vienna as the United States urges the reimposition of international sanctions on Tehran and the extension of the conventional arms embargo against it. The meeting in Vienna is being chaired by EU senior official Helga-Maria Schmid with representatives from Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran and Russia attending.

In a boost to the Vienna talks, Iran last week agreed for inspectors of the UN nuclear watchdog to visit two sites suspected of having hosted undeclared activity in the early 2000s.  The Vienna-based global watchdog had criticized Iranian officials for denying it access to the two locations, and for not answering its questions about past activities at the sites.

The Iranian deputy foreign minister is going to hold bilateral talks with heads of a number of the foreign delegations on the sidelines of the Joint Commission session.  The remaining parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are also scheduled to hold expert meetings on Monday.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Rafael Grossi had travelled to Iran on his first trip since taking up the top post last year and after months of calling for access.  Results from any site visits are, however, expected to take three months, according to a diplomat familiar with the matter, so "It risks being a problem then with the Iranians" if anything undeclared and nuclear-related is found.


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